1st Edition

Cultivation of Self in East Asian Philosophy of Education

Edited By Ruyu Hung Copyright 2020
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides exciting and significant inquiries into the cultivation of self in East Asian philosophy of education.

    The contributors to this volume are from different countries or areas in the world, but all share the same interest in exploring what it means to be human and how to cultivate the self. In this book, self-cultivation in classical Chinese philosophies—including Confucianism, neo-Confucianism, and Daoism—is scrutinised and elaborated upon, in order to reveal the significance of ancient wisdom for today’s educational issues, and to show the meaningful connections between Eastern and Western educational thoughts. By addressing many issues of contemporary importance including environmental education, equity and justice, critical rationalism, groundlessness of language, and power and governance, this book offers fresh views of self-cultivation illuminated not merely by East Asian philosophy of education but also by Western insights.

    For those who are interested in comparative philosophies, intercultural education, and cultural study, this book is both thought-provoking and inspirational.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the Educational Philosophy and Theory journal.

    Introduction: Cultivation of self in East Asian philosophy of education

    Ruyu Hung

    1. Confucianism and critical rationalism: Friends or foes?

    Chi-Ming Lam

    2. Is filial piety a virtue? A reading of the Xiao Jing (Classic of Filial Piety) from the perspective of ideology critique

    Hektor K. T. Yan

    3. ‘Keep off the lawn; grass has a life too!’: Re-invoking a Daoist ecological sensibility for moral education in China’s primary schools

    Weili Zhao and Caiping Sun

    4. The illusion of teaching and learning: Zhuangzi, Wittgenstein, and the groundlessness of language

    Michael Dufresne

    5. Donghak (Eastern Learning), Self-cultivation, and Social Transformation: Towards diverse curriculum discourses on equity and justice

    Seungho Moon

    6. Acting without regarding: Daoist self-cultivation as education for non-dichotomous thinking

    Joseph Emmanuel D. Sta. Maria

    7. The purpose of the MBA degree: The opportunity for a Confucian MBA to overcome neoliberalism

    Robert Keith Shaw

    8. Agency and social capital in Chinese international doctoral students’ conversion to Christianity

    Qun Ding and Nesta Devine

    9. Continue the dialogue – symposium of cultivation of self in East Asian philosophy of education

    Ruyu Hung

    10. Confucius’s view of learning

    Yuanbiao Lin

    11. Self-cultivation and the legitimation of power: Governing China through education

    Bin Wu and Nesta Devine

    12. Integrative ethical education: Narvaez’s project and Xunzi’s insight

    Yen-Yi Lee

    13. Confucius’ Junzi: The conceptions of self in Confucian

    Jinhua Song and Xiaomin Jiao


    Ruyu Hung is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Education at the National Chiayi University, Taiwan. She has been awarded a Research Fellowship of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and a Fulbright Senior Researcher Scholarship. Her research interests include philosophy of education, ecological philosophy, phenomenology, deconstruction, and Daoism. In recent years, she has extended her research into comparative and intercultural philosophies of education. She is the author of Education between speech and writing: Crossing the boundaries of Dao and deconstruction (2017); and she is the Regional Editor of the Educational Philosophy and Theory journal.